JiRaffe
JiRaffe

JiRaffe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jirafferestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (310) 917-6671
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday: 5:30pm-9:00pm;

    Tuesday - Thursday: Dinner: 5:30pm-9:30pm;

    Friday: Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Sunday: Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French
  • Executive Chef: Raphael Lunetta
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
  • Catering: Private Chef and Catering opportunities are available. Contact us at 310-917-6671.
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate large parties in our mezzanine. Please contact the restaurant for more information.
  • Special Events: Join Us on Monday's for our famous Farmers Market inspired Bistro Menu. $38 per person 3-Course menu.
    (Regular menu also available)
    http://www.jirafferestaurant.com/monday-bistro
    Look for our thanksgiving, Sunday Brunch & Family Style Dinner Dec. 29th also NYE menu coming soon!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is located on 5th Street and cost $8.00. There is also street parking available.
A word from JiRaffe
JiRaffe offers market directed rustic California/French food with seasonally inspired classic cocktails in a casually chic environment. The service is relaxed yet articulate and as elegant as the coastal community of Santa Monica.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
JiRaffe reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (72)special occasion (53)neighborhood gem (39)romantic (38)notable wine list (14)good for groups (11)hot spot (6)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Not Worth Repeating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Jiraffe is not a restaurant I would revisit. From the greeting upon entering to the overall service level to the food. Service and food were disappointing based on reviews. It appeared that our server was aware we were not thoroughly satisfied as she rushed to check our tip amount (16%) before we were two steps from the table. Food - too much spice, sides were inedible. Service - completely uninterested is the only way I could describe.
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  • Savage
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Loved our dinner so much we went back the same night after the theater for dessert. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud
    Franck
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Maybe it is just me and I'm getting old but I thought the place was loud, hard to hear a conversation. Restaurant's owner should start investing in sound proof materials especially when you're trying to enjoy a nice dinner and relax. The pork ribs were delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Visiting Santa Monica with family and everyone loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional
    newportfoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We've dined here several times and have never been disappointed. This time around we asked that the chef create a tasting menu for us and it was wonderful. It started with an oyster on the half shell and a glass of champagne followed by the Hudson Valley house cured duck prosciutto then the black linguini with red deep sea crab, lobster saffron lobster nage. The fish was the crusted John Dory, chanterelle mushrooms, sweet white corn,roasted red peppers, organic spinach, creminis,and the pan roasted rack of lamb, yellowfin potato vegetable moussaka, thyme scented lamb jus, and the dessert course, lemon souffle, Halsey mousee bombe and chocolate truffle cake. We pared the menu with a bottle of Kosta Browne Pinot Noir from home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming
    akanick
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    + Sweet Corn Agnolotti + Maine Lobster Ravioli + Warm service, nice atmosphere - Bland, unenthusiastic apps and entrees - Uninspired cocktail list, very limited wine list - Smaller than average portions - Price Bread basket was half-full of sliced white bread and served with cold butter. Beef Carpaccio was thicker than normal slices drowning in truffle oil, and completely lacking acidity and salt. Pasta dishes were fantastic!! Then right back downhill. Almond crusted trout was served with soggy skin. "Filet" was actually two filet medallions, underseasoned and overcooked, and served with both mashed and au gratin potatoes. Sticky toffee pudding for dessert was average at best and small. Not worth $170 for two people.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Off to a rocky start and then ...
    BytheseaVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    So it was my friend's birthday; she was on east coast time. I made reservation for three, 6 pm (9 pm est) and its Monday. We walk in and ask for the window seat with restaurant less than a quarter full. Denied because that is special table for owner's guests. Really, well we are customers of the owner and we are here NOW. We are seated at a mediocre table and after 10 minutes we are moved to the window seat. Our crime that we had to do our 10 minute penance for I believe, we are all women and over the age of 50. So, after our move to window, everything was fantastic. Beet salad, organic greens and carpaccio with truffle oil great starters. Our entrees of lamb shank, fish and beef-great. Deserts-yummmy. Go to Jiraffe-old or young!!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of town guest
    Revdr
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The service is top notch. I was lost and the host was patient and accommodating to my being late. The atmosphere is great. We had a 6:45 reservation and we easily got out table at 7:00!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • JiRaffe
    Yummy
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Although I lived in Santa Monica for a number of years, somehow I never made it on here until now. I will not wait another 18 years to come back here! The service was wonderful, the food was terrific and my only complaint could possibly be that it was a little noisy but it was a packed house by the time we left so i can understand. It is a very pretty space and I would definitely recommend it for a romantic dinner, even though for us it was just a couple of girlfriends enjoying a fine meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The experience was not good. The service was good and the staff very nice. But the restaurant was overly loud and people are sitting too close for that noise level. The decor is dated and cheesy. Our starter was not good and the mains came 40 minutes after the starter and they were cold. I hope this was an isolated night, but I don't think we will go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • homeingardenVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Beet salad, onion soup, pork chop, filet, salmon, jidori chicken...all delicious. Don't waste time on procuitto and barrata. Procuitto cut too thick. Overall really great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • j.raffe is ok
    icebox90
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Took my girl here on a date so I had certain expectations. We were seated right away at a nice corner window table. The first thing I noticed is the place tries to cram too many tables in. My chair was bumping the persons chair behind me,a constant annoyance during a nice dinner. The waitress was excellent and very nice, very thorough. When we got there i was thirsty, and it took about 10 minutes to get water---not acceptable in a restaurant like this. The bread arrived, and it tasted a little stale, and felt like an afterthought. I love a great bread and this wasn't. I ordered the French onion soup which was the best I've ever had. Main course was the pork chop--it was ok but not memorable, rather bland, I expected more.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food at JiRaffe is delicious. The roasted organic beet salad is amazing, as was the Scottish Salmon. Service is attentive but not intrusive. I highly recommend this gem of a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inventive menu, flawless food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    From the complex and flavorful mushroom soup offered as an amuse bouche, to the organic beet and goat cheese starter as beautiful as it was delicious, to the herbed lamb shank main dish, this was a near perfect meal. The service was attentive, never fawning and the noise level allows for conversation even among those of a certain age. Go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    Canedevil
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We made a reservation based on the reviews on open Table. Due to a change in our schedule, we showed up an hour early. They still sat us right away. The food was outstanding. I had the lamb shank and my wife had the halibut. Both were prepared exquisitely and presented creatively.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dave
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food was wonderful. Restaurant was much more noisy than I would have preferred.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We had an excellent dinner. It was a birthday occasion. We have eaten there before and we have never been disappointed. The food was intelligently prepared and the portion were just right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always consistent
    Sesher
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We love dining at Jiraffe. The food is so exceptionally flavorful it just lights up the senses. Somehow they always get it right. Love the almond crusted trout. The Osso buco was tender and fell off the bone. The small ravioli stuffed with corn was spectacular though not particularly hot. The two special appetizers of tuna tartare and a lobster dumpling were also great. Servers are friendly and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Still terrific
    Antonio
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    As an admitted fracophile, JiRaffe epitomized the french bistro experience for me in Santa Monica. The current menu has been modernized which I respect in this market but I feel the food may have lost that "je ne sais quoi" that made it particularly special. The veritable tomato tart which used to have a remarkable flaky buttery crust is now lost under the burratta cheese. It is now presented beautifully but just isn't special any longer. An artichoke salad was plain and unexciting. My friends branzino and duck confit were excellent. The bread pudding dessert was delicious but not as a great as it good have been. The service is still excellent and I will continue to recommend JiRaffe as one of my favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    JiRaffe continues to be a dependable restaurant for well prepared, quality ingredients food. Wait staff are pleasant, although Monday night the kitchen was slow. The menu is good, covering a range of preferences for diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    MunchersVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We greatly enjoyed the interesting atmosphere, superb service, & splendid food! Highly recommend this terrific restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    iEatfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    French Onion Soup was probably the best I've ever had and the entrees were delicious as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • CDFJSF34
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Celebrated our anniversary here. Impeccable service. Creative, satisfying food wonderfully prepared. Mushroom capaccino to start courtesy of the house. Loved the duck appetizer with blue cheese sauce and the corn appetizer specials. For entrees we had the osso bucco which did fall off the bone and the filet. Chocolate Bombe for desert. Beautiful presentation--servings were just the right size. Definitely worth a return visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful evening
    MoakleymanVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We asked for a quiet corner table and got it. Every dish was delicious, with nicely balanced flavors. When our daughter expressed her strong liking for the mushroom soup that had been served as an amuse-bouche, the restaurant was kind enough to let her have a bowl of it as her starter. The halibut and the trout were very fresh and prepared to perfection. The maître d' was very welcoming and downright funny; and our waitress, Paloma, was very pleasant and efficient. All good!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always A Gem
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Love Monday night bistro menu. The food really was terrific. It always is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendy food Updated menu
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Really nice dining. Easy location in Santa Monica. Fresh fish selection. Great new cocktails. Infused vodkas
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food, not exceptional
    Rebecca20something
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The service was excellent. The fish entree was very tasty. To start, we shared the shrimp pasta (recommended by the waitress and VERY delicious), and shared the burratta/tomato app, which was okay. The pastas were also just okay (had the Bolognese and Margarita Ravioli). I guess we ordered a few Italian meals at a non-Italian restaurant so that's why they weren't amazing. We also shared the Trout, which was extremely delicious. I think this place is a great go-to restaurant for a nice date out, or meeting up with a friend. My one recommendation is to stick to the Californian foods, because the Italian foods were just ok. I rated this based on the foods that I did enjoy and the service - 5 stars.
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  • ambience personified
    ambiencepersonified
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    A delightful small and cozy corner restaurant in busy downtown Santa Monica. We began our meal with a delightful spinach salad followed by a different entree for each of us. They obviously get the finest cuts of meat that seem only available to the finest restaurants. The filet was cooked to perfection and very flavorful. The pork and rack of lamb were equally as delicious. We will definitely return to JiRaffe when visiting the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had to shout
    mimi
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Everything was great except the noise level and this was a Tuesday night, not even a weekend. There we're only two of us and we had to shout to hear one another. Question: why is Zagat's highest noise level called "energetic" which sounds positive? Why not try a 4th choice called "too loud for conversation?"
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Table for 1 at JiRaffe
    DateNightDining
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had a couple of solo hours before a party, and figured I better eat something. Its a small restaurant without any "bar" area. I got there right as it opened and was seated immediately. The place is attractive, with wood everywhere, but it clearly would be quite loud when full. My server came by promptly, and was very helpful in explaining the menu. Duck prosciutto was on special, with a little salad and some crisps. Delicious. Next up was a cup of their Onion Soup. Very satisfying, with a heavy red-wine influence, and slices of filet. Final course was the sweet corn agnolotti. They did NOT skimp on the butter. Overall, a terrific little meal. Portions were reasonable. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Creative menu,well prepared ,and nice presentation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Monday Bistro Menu
    Nicari
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I had not been to Jiraffe for their Monday Bistro menu in years. The pricing has increased the quality and experience remains the same. SO worth the increase. Everything was delcious. The melon soup with Red Crab meat was a pleasant surprise. Not a huge fan of cold soup ( I feel like I am eating salsa) but this had a rich creamy texture and just enough to open the palate for the rest of the meal. The duck prosciutto was AMAZING! again, not a huge fan of duck, it is usually too gamey for my taste. This was remarkable and rich. I started to eat more slowly as I worked my way down to the final pieces. lastly, my new york steak was cooked to perfection Medium rare. we had 3 wines to pair with our meal all perfection!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Wonderful as always. Great Monday night menu, very tasty cocktails
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    JiRaffe extended LA Eats with a tasting menu for less than $45, a steal. I enjoyed everything as is the norm here. I probably eat at Jiraffe 20-25 times a year; it never seriously disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Iampat
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The Bistro menu changes weekly and it is a great way to taste some of the chef's best dishes. Our four courses had a delicious raw oyster, gnocchi with morel sauce, lobster tortelli, a beautifully prepared lamb chop and a fabulous lemon mousse....all for $42. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented, and the service could not have been better. This restaurant is consistently excellent. It is my favorite place to dine in Santa Monica.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good
    sparrisen21
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    You have an ambitious menu and I think you managed to get it :-) Nice food good staff and a all over nice evening :-) 😄
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I visit at least every 3 weeks
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    One of my favorite places in LA. Monday night bistro menu is an exceptional deal even if one skips dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food in a quiet setting
    HardtopleaseVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I had the 3 course menu; crab cake (100% crab), on a delicious citrus sauce , beautifully garnished, followed by a perfect halibut and a chocolate bourbon cake. My companions were equally impressed by their food. The space was calm and quiet enough to enjoy conversation. Criticisms are an offhand greeter and a waiter who brought the bill, without asking us if we wanted coffee or dessert ( mine was included in the menu)! Overall a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 67 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1361 reviews are from the JiRaffe reviews archive.
  • decide if its worth the money
    normaleats
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The food was excellent and we were given a table away from the noise so had a lovely evening. But even so the bill was a bit of a shocker.
    Special Features:
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Time is a Winner!
    encinocarol
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had heard that JiRaffe was a great restaurant so we decided to give it a try during the Dine LA event. The dinner menu looked like it would be perfect for us, but when we got there, we were treated to a few additional choices plus an amuse bouche of the most delicious mushroom sipper. From start to finish (including terrific bread basket choices) everything was delicious. Portions were generous and the foods were just as described - really super. We would return for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic